How Fitness Positively Impacts Mental Health
Did you know exercise has benefits beyond building bigger muscles, losing weight, and training for races? Working out also alleviates stress, boosts brainpower and builds confidence. Whether you’re going for a run, walk, or hitting the gym, learn more about all the wonderful mental health benefits.
Start Feeling Less Stressed
We’ve all experienced difficult days. When you’re feeling an increased level of stress, there are things you can do such as taking a walk or hitting the gym to alleviate it. Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria.
Endorphins also boost our body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension, anxiety and depression. You don’t need to be a gym rat to have exercise instantly boost your mood. A short walk or quick workout at the gym can help our mental health so when you’re stressed or feeling stuck at work, take a mental break. When you come back to the task, you’ll feel more energized and ready to be productive. Working out for 30 minutes a few times a week can instantly boost your mood!
Boost Brainpower and Get More Done
Endorphins also boost our brainpower and sharpen our memory. If you’re feeling anxious, a moderate to high intensity workout can calm those nerves. Have you been at the office and feeling stuck as you try finishing a project? When we exercise, it increases our level of brain-derived protein, which is believed to help with decision making, memory, learning and a higher level of thinking.
When we workout and start seeing results, we not only feel better, but it can help improve our self-esteem and self-image. Seeing results such as getting stronger, losing weight or being able to run further, can also lead to benefits in other facets of our life because we’re gaining confidence.
Enjoy a Better Night of Sleep
If you have trouble falling asleep, working out can improve the quality of your sleep and help you fall asleep faster. A good night of rest can improve your mental outlook the next day, which can lead to a better mood. If you plan to workout at night, make sure to do so as early as possible. Working out a few hours before bedtime may leave you too energized to sleep.
Whether you need a mental break from the office, looking to gain self-confidence or boost your brainpower, enjoy these mental health benefits in addition to the physical benefits we get from exercise.
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